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Cleveland’s Creative Cauldron: The Transformative Arts Fund Stirring Up $3 Million for Local Artists

Hey Clevelanders, it’s time to brush off those paintbrushes, tune those guitars, and get those creative juices flowing! Why, you ask? Mayor Justin M. Bibb just dropped a bombshell of an announcement – a whopping nearly $3 million is up for grabs for local artists through the City’s Transformative Arts Fund (TAF) grant program. You heard it right, folks!

The Scoop:

  • What’s Cooking? The TAF is here to spice up Cleveland’s art scene.
  • The Dish: Between 6 to 12 Cleveland-centric projects will receive a generous helping of funds, ranging from $250,000 to $500,000.
  • Deadline for the Feast: Get your applications in by 11:59 p.m., March 30, 2024. No Cinderella story here – latecomers miss out!

Mayor Bibb is all about that artsy heartbeat that keeps Cleveland’s neighborhoods jazzy and full of life. He’s looking to fund projects that’ll leave a positive mark long after they’re done. And let’s face it, who doesn’t love a bit of long-lasting impact?

Who Can Stir the Pot?

  • Local Lead Artists: You’ve got to be 18+ and a resident of Cleveland.
  • Cleveland-based Institutions: Your dance partner in this waltz of creativity.
  • Location, Location, Location: Projects must be as Cleveland as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Whether you’re into painting murals, strumming tunes, filming documentaries, cooking up a storm, or stitching fashion wonders, TAF is calling your name. Collaborate with anyone from community groups to private businesses, and if your project vibes with issues like environmental conservation, food insecurity, or diversity, you’re hitting the sweet spot.

Councilman Kevin Conwell, who once found his groove playing instruments post-school, champions the arts as a catalyst for innovation, both he and Council President Blaine A. Griffin hope to unite communities and spark dialogues with this initiative. This fund isn’t just about art; it’s about bringing Clevelanders together, bridging divides, and fostering understanding.

Interested in Applying?

  • Informational Sessions: The City’s hosting 6 of these – 3 online and 3 in-person. First one’s on February 8 at 6:30 p.m., virtually.
  • Further Assistance: Check out the Assembly’s website for more on insurance, networking, and other helpful resources.

Whether you’re an established artist or just starting, this is your chance to make a mark on Cleveland’s cultural canvas. Let’s come together to make our city a masterpiece!


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Kyle is a content creator with a passion for exploring and telling stories. When he's not at his computer, you can find him in the city with his wife Kaitie, and/or his two kids. You'll enjoy reading about his experiences and insights if you're all about The Land, through, The Cleveland Tea Newsletter, and some of the posts on Cleve or Leave.

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